Summer Weddings

Summer is high wedding season and we are thinking about everything from gift registry trends and setting up a newlywed home to the design of a glamorous dressing room for the bride…

Inspired by her daughter Danielle’s upcoming nuptials, Holiday House founder Iris Dankner created a Bridal Suite for the 2014 Holiday House NYC. The centerpiece of the space – a stunning bridal dress by Isabelle Armstrong illuminated by the elegant “Arctic Pear” Chandelier from Ochre, had everyone hearing wedding bells. The walls and ceiling were outfitted in fabulous coverings by Maya Romanoff and the “Brigitte” Swivel Lounge from Lewis-Mittman provided a comfortably chic cushion to sit and ponder whether or not to say yes to the dress. The bride and her party could enjoy champagne out of crystal flutes from Baccarat all while being tempted by delicious sweets from LaDuree. Glittering accessories from Michael C. Fina added the finishing touch.

Photographed by Alan Barry

Before tying the knot, one of the most important (and fun) aspects of the planning process is the Gift Registry. Our friends at Michael C. Fina and Katherine’s Bridal Boutique have shared with us the trends they are seeing for registries this season. These elegant pieces will be part of family celebrations and memories for many years to come.

Registry Trends:

1. Platinum patterns rather than the traditional gold patterns
Some popular registered patterns:
Vintage by Bernardaud
Mosaique Au 24 Platine by Hermes
Arcades Grey & Platinum by Philippe Deshouliers

2. Moroccan inspired designs
Some popular registered patterns:
Venise by Bernardaud
Voyage en Ikat by Hermes

3. Natural stone
Some popular registered patterns:
Carrara by Dibbern
Malachite by L’Objet

Voyage en Ikat by Hermes, Courtesy of the Michael C. Fina Website

Finally, lets talk flowers. With so many beautiful blooms in season, choosing the right florals for the wedding can be a daunting task. We can’t help but be reminded of the vibrant, beautiful table arrangements created by the wonderful ladies at Lilee Fell Flowers for last year’s Holiday House Hamptons White Gala. The light pink, fuschia, and bright green hues played beautifully against the all-white crowd. These gorgeous arrangements would add a fresh, breezy touch of romance to any summer wedding!

Photographed by Richard Lewin
Photographed by Richard Lewin

In honor of Danielle Dankner and her Groom-to-Be Sam, we leave you with Iris’s Recipe for “A Happy Marriage”. Congratulations, you two!

“A Happy Marriage”


Combine two caring hearts. Melt into one. Add a lot of love. Mix well with respect and trust. Add gentleness, laughter, faith, hope, and joy. Pour in much understanding. Sprinkle with kisses and, a dash of hugs. Bake for a lifetime. 

Yields: One Happy Couple. For a little excitement, add Champagne! 



Vive La France!

As the French celebrate Bastille Day today, we are paying tribute to the French (and Francophile) companies and designers who have brought their je ne sais quoi to Holiday House.

Le Quatorze Juillet was Michael Tavano‘s ode to French style for Holiday House NYC 2014.  With a color palette inspired by the French flag, sumptuous pieces by French furnishings house Roche Bobois and couture details throughout, Tavano conjured up a Parisian pied-a-terre that is the embodiment of chic.

Roche Bobois furnishings in Michael Tavano’s “Le Quatorze Julliet” room. Photo by Rick Lew.

The woven rope window treatment he created with his workroom Marks & Tavano based on Olivier Rousteing’s fall 2014 runway collection for the house of Balmain was one of the most talked about details from the showhouse.

Balmain inspired window treatment by Marks & Tavano. Photo by Rick Lew.

Another shows stopper at the 2014 Holiday House NYC was Amy Lau Design’s dining room that celebrated 250 years of exquisite design by legendary French company Baccarat. Galerie des Glaces was inspired by Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors and was glittering with a Baccarat chandelier, table settings, vases, candelabras and more. Even the carpet by Kyle Bunting was inspired by the design of Baccarat cut glass.

Photo by Alan Barry.
Detail of custom carpet by Kyle Bunting inspired by Baccarat.
Detail of custom carpet by Kyle Bunting.

And we can’t forget the first time that Bastille Day was officially celebrated at Holiday House with Décor by Guillaume Gentet’s French infused room for the inaugural Holiday House Hamptons in 2013.

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Go Design Go perfectly described the room when they said it “celebrated a regal tradition of elegance with specific gestures toward modern creature comforts.”  Contemporary Roche Bobois furnishings and period inspired pieces elegantly played off of one another with Chesley McLaren‘s whimsical painting of Place de Vendome as a backdrop. Other French brands that were featured include Verel de Belval and Créations Métaphores.

Guillaume Gentet and Chesley McLaren with her mural.
Guillaume Gentet and Chesley McLaren with her mural.

Santé with French martinis and Ladurée confections.  Vive la France!

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